Brussels and Wallonia

  • Brasserie Cantillon La Vie est Belge 2019

    Brasserie Cantillon La Vie est Belge 2019

    Brussels’ beloved Brasserie Cantillon is regarded as producing some of the most extraordinary lambic beers in the world, and for good reason. Fourth generation brewmaster Jean Van Roy, son of Jean-Pierre Van Roy, is not afraid to experiment, and the numerous highly sought after beers crafted by Cantillon demonstrate that Jean Van Roy does so…

  • Brasserie Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella 1983

    Brasserie Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella 1983

    Drinking aged lambic beers can be a great pleasure. As someone who is a huge fan of Belgium’s funky, dry, tart lambic brews, some of my life’s most memorable moments have been savoring such beers during a trip to “The Beer Country”, Belgium. I very much enjoyed the opportunity to savor a circa 1975 Cantillon…

  • Gueuzerie Tilquin and Toer de Geuze 2019

    Gueuzerie Tilquin and Toer de Geuze 2019

    As during every Toer de Geuze, Gueuzerie Tilquin will be a special place to visit for any lambic lover on May 4 and 5. Owner/Master Blender Pierre Tilquin and his team always put on a show, with tours of the blendery, many exclusive beers, several gourmet food options, and an overall great time. Here is…

  • An interview with Pierre Tilquin, owner and master blender of Gueuzerie Tilquin

    An interview with Pierre Tilquin, owner and master blender of Gueuzerie Tilquin

    As Gueuzerie Tilquin approaches its tenth anniversary this March, there can be no question that the esteemed lambic blendery has seen great success in its first decade. I paid a visit to Founder/Owner/Master Blender Pierre Tilquin in late August 2018, to catch up on how things are going, and to discuss the new beers that…

  • Pure Kriek Cantillon 1996: The inspiration for Brasserie Cantillon’s Lou Pepe Kriek

    Pure Kriek Cantillon 1996: The inspiration for Brasserie Cantillon’s Lou Pepe Kriek

    Brasserie Cantillon’s Lou Pepe Kriek is one of the most sought-after fruited lambic beers in the world. It has intense notes of sour cherries, with a noticeable lambic funkiness, especially with bottles with at least several years of age. Lou Pepe Kriek is made by using two year old lambic, much of which has been…

  • Two brew days at Brasserie Cantillon

    Two brew days at Brasserie Cantillon

    I visited the hallowed Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels in early February and late November 2017, to photograph and video two brewing days…and to sample quite a few of the magnificent beers brewed on site, of course. There’s no point in doing this kind of work if you can’t enjoy it! I have included lots of…